Eleven floors below the famed New York Bar is the Peak Lounge of the Park Hyatt Shinjuku. With views of the entire city spanning before their eyes, guests can sit for a calming afternoon tea in one of the finest environments the city has to offer. On a clear day, the setting sun casts a golden glow on the tallest buildings and greenery around Shinjuku.
Afternoon tea at Peak Lounge is an exquisite affair. For a fairly steep price, anyone can snack on three tiers of finger sandwiches, scones, cakes, and tartlettes. While the portions are small, each morsel packs a strong punch of flavor. A fan of finger sandwiches, I am never content with the proportion of savory to sweet, but my sweet tooth is always satisfied.
At Peak Lounge, however, there is more than enough savory to go around – extra plates of finger foods are brought over by the waitstaff for further indulgence. The same is true of sweet finger foods, which arrive in the shape of cream puffs, creme sandwich cookies, strawberry marshmallows, and various tiny muffins. Why choose when all are easily accessible?
In the vast crater that is my stomach, there is always room for more afternoon tea snacks. As for the tea itself, there is no limit to how much can be consumed. From iced cafe lattes to calming lavender-infused teas, the selection is quite large and sure to satisfy everyone.
It’s easy to whittle away the hours at Peak Lounge. With comfy chairs (also sleep-provoking), a quite ambiance, and the gentle late afternoon sun, it’s impossible to not feel relaxed and happy. Add savory and sweet bites and a warm drink, and it’s all set. There is no leaving. Well, until they kindly ask you to. 😉